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Dexer replied to the topic 'Harp Inspection' in the forum. 25 minutes ago

Well, don't give me any gapping credit because that didn't really make it into the video. But I hope some of the assembly views and tips will be of use. People can be a bit nervous about taking a harp apart but, as long as folks are gentle with the reed plates, it's a very straightforward process.

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john_broecker replied to the topic 'Harp Inspection' in the forum. 1 hour 23 minutes ago

Hello, Dexer.

Thanks for the instructional video about harmonica gapping.
It will be very useful to many of us who would like to learn
the process.

John Broecker

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Hello from Tampa FL' in the forum. 6 hours 11 minutes ago

Welcome Puff

Look forward to hearing your music etc.

Andy

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Harpoman thanked Dexer in topic Music 13 hours 43 minutes ago
Dexer replied to the topic 'Music' in the forum. 13 hours 50 minutes ago

As Keith mentioned, Slidemeister is great.

Another source is to go to harptabs and put the word "chromatic" into the search box....which I have done here:

www.harptabs.com/searchsong.php?Name=chromatic&HarpType=0

And it shouldn't matter if you pucker or tongue block. I have done both on the chrom (puckered for a year but now I mostly tongue block)

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Dexer created a new topic ' Harp Inspection' in the forum. 14 hours 7 minutes ago

I just posted a video showing me working with a dismantled harp.

I took apart my Fabulous to investigate what I described as 'airyness" (I don't even think that's a word). At the start of the video, I say that I suspect it was just a case of the Fabulous being gapped a bit wider than some other harps. In fact, that was the case. I ended up slightly closing the gap on the lower reeds and it plays perfectly with just a whisper of air. However, since I'm so long winded (surprise), I had to leave off the very end of video where I recap and explain the gapping...I had recorded so much material that it ran over 10 minutes. So I left off the last "reel" of the video.

Feel free to fast forward through the dial gauge flatness check. It runs a bit long. short version: comb flat within .0005.


youtu.be/NUjrQW5KA2M

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keith replied to the topic 'Music' in the forum. 14 hours 40 minutes ago
Harpoman created a new topic ' Music' in the forum. 17 hours 9 minutes ago

Hi Guys. I'm looking for music tabs for Chromatic Harmonica. Got a book with some in but what something that doesn't have tongue blocking. :cheer:

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Hello from Tampa FL' in the forum. yesterday

Hey Puff, great to have you here.

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PUFFWARS created a new topic ' Hello from Tampa FL' in the forum. yesterday

Hey everyone, 28 got 2 lil girls, a house, good food good life. But what makes it all just that much sweeter? Music. I was jamming guitar til a hand injury messed that up, so now im playing with this amazing lil pocket wonder, the harmonica. Anyhoo thanks for this place to get together and share our love. Talk to you all soon. -Puff

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Sarge replied to the topic 'February Song Of the Month' in the forum. yesterday

I got one in a trade with a member here, then ended up giving it to a friend before I even got to play it.

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Effects pedal' in the forum. yesterday

I recommend an amp with one power tube (the big 'un) and one pre-amp (the lil 'in)
A 6v6 power tube will produce from 7-10 watts, an EL84 tube will produce about 5-7 watts.
For pre-amp most guitar tube amps use a 12AX7 with a gain factor of 100%, a few use a 5881
with gain factor of 70%.
The extra power in the 6V6 translates to more bass response, and a bit more headroom, I use
TADs (*Tube Amp Doctor) short bottle 6V6s in all my amps, the short bottle fattens up bottom end
more than a tall tube/valve.
Fender, Gibson, Kalamazoo, Crate, Epiphone, Vox, Ampeg, all made/make a small practice amp with tubes/valves.
Marshall sux for harp, hell, I think they suck for guitar too. There are others out there, some Italian models might be
available to you across the pond.
Use this criteria for selecting and you just might find a gem. good luck!
Regards, Reed

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Irv replied to the topic 'February Song Of the Month' in the forum. yesterday

Sarge, I also think that the Octave harmonica would fit right in and sound very impressive with your style of playing.

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Mixyblob replied to the topic 'Effects pedal' in the forum. yesterday

Many thanks for all your replies gents, it seems like a small practice valve amp is my next purchase.
Bearing in mind I'm a poor ol' pensioner, can anyone suggest a suitable valve amp?
Regards
Jim

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Sarge replied to the topic 'February Song Of the Month' in the forum. yesterday

Those octave harps are great for cajun type music if you have the air to keep them going throughout the song.

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Effects pedal' in the forum. yesterday

@All
I hit the wrong button and quoted myself, let me re-iterate, I hit the wrong button and quoted myself.
Ihitthewrongbuttonandqotedmyself!

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Effects pedal' in the forum. yesterday

Reed Smith wrote:

@mixy,
Welcome to the Harmonica Club!

First things first, the *Peavey rage 158 is a Solid State Amplifier, it will get loud but there no tubes to overload a speaker and cause it to "breakup" for that overdriven harp tone, you won't ever get it with this amp.

As for Lone Wolf Blues Harp pedals, I use the harp break with tube amps, I get a very FAT tone, that just gets better with time, the longer the amp runs the sweeter it gets.

The Harp Attack may give you some bite as it does contain a pre-amp tube, I have ran my pedal straight into a solid state PA
and my bass player didn't know I hadn't bought an amp 'till we were packing. However, I have strong acoustic chops so my tone will translate, but I am NOT overdriving a speaker/s, tubes do that. I use a Lone Wolf Harp Break into a Fender Super Reverb.

The best advice I could give you seeing as how you are familiar with Lone Wolf products is to get yourself a Harp Train 10,
problem solved as far as tube amp tone is concerned. After that you can work on embouchure and a tight cup/seal on the harp and mic. Coupling a Lone Wolf Blues harp pedal to a tube amp is a blissful experience, it gets so good to you, you won't want to stop playing, and that my friend is a goooooood thing!
Regards, Reed


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